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Belfast EdTech company Komodo supporting locked down families globally

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Coronavirus crisis leads to big increase in demand for maths learning tools created by Belfast EdTech company Komodo Learning...

Belfast EdTech company Komodo Learning has seen a fourfold increase in global demand for its maths learning tools as parents look for resources to help their children keep learning during the coronavirus lockdown.

komodo appKomodo is a maths learning system for children aged 5 to 11 which is designed to supplement primary school maths at home. It provides animated video guidance and short practice exercises that can be accessed on smartphones, tablets and computers, with learning individually tailored to each child’s needs by a maths teacher.

Before the coronavirus crisis, the company already had over 5,000 families using around the world but the lockdown in many countries has resulted in increased interest from parents looking for resources they can trust.

Komodo’s founder and CEO Gerard McBreen said:

“Komodo has been helping parents to support their children's maths learning for years but since schools have closed, we’ve been called upon by even more parents who have had to become their children's sole educators...Komodo was never intended as a replacement for school, but with schools closed it can provide a structured learning programme to develop maths skills. It’s designed for 'little and often' learning in 15-minute sessions, which means kids aren’t kept at the screen for a long time and parents can fit them in between their own work.”

komodo clipGerard, who is a former maths teacher, acknowledges it is a difficult time for families whose livelihoods may have been affected but who still need assistance with their children’s education.

“Teaching young children at home can be very difficult. It’s never going to be the same as school but you can find a way that works for you - remember that learning can be found in the most unusual places. With young children, twenty minutes is a realistic time to spend on one learning activity - if you can organise three or even two of these per day you’ll be doing well,” he said.

Komodo is part of Belfast’s growing tech startup ecosystem.

The company’s investors include several NI-based 'angel investors' as well as two local funds, CoFund NI and Techstart, which are backed by Invest NI.

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Published on: 22nd April 2020

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